Hundreds of Emirati students to benefit from AI training

Dell EMC signs partnership with UAE Ministry of AI to prepare the youth for the digital economy

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Hundreds of Emirati students to benefit from AI training The agreement supports the objectives of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, by enabling Emiratis to develop their skills in technology in collaboration with the private sector.
By  David Ndichu Published  September 12, 2018

Dell EMC will train 500 Emirati students in artificial intelligence (AI) technology, in partnership with the Ministry of Artificial Intelligence in the UAE.

The agreement aims at bridging the skills gap in the technology sector and supporting the youth to meet the challenges of the future in a rapidly evolving economy.

His Excellency Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence said that developing national capabilities and creating a sustainable economy requires the dissemination of concepts of smart technologies such as AI. “This also requires support in terms of expertise for Emirati government and youth, through strategic partnerships that provide world-class trainings in acquiring new skillsets. All these concerted efforts are being made to strengthen UAE’s global status,” added HE Al Olama.

This agreement supports the objectives of the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, by enabling and empowering young Emiratis to develop their skills in technology in collaboration with private sector organisations.

The program is scheduled to run for three years with the participation of 120 students each year. Dell EMC will select 10 students who will be offered 5-day intensive training to obtain a diploma in Data Engineering and Cloud.

Students will gain first-hand experience across the organisation’s various departments and will be invited to attend major events, such as GITEX Technology Week. In addition, Dell EMC will be the first to appoint an ambassador for AI, under this agreement.

“Shifting trends and evolving smart technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and data science demand investment in development of skills. Collaboration between the IT sector and the academic community will help our youth realize their full potential which is a step closer to achieving our vision of building a better world,” said with Mohammed Amin, senior vice president, Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Dell EMC.

The latest agreement is part of a range of initiatives by Dell EMC to boost skills in advanced technologies in the UAE.  

Earlier this year, Dell EMC organised a two-day training programme in IoT and Digital Transformation at the UAE University in Al Ain. It focused on IoT applications, as well as important aspects of digital transformation, paving the way for refining the skills of future data experts. Currently, Dell EMC has entered into training agreements with 16 universities in the UAE.

Dell EMC also recently held its annual ‘Envision the Future’ competition, providing an opportunity for senior undergraduate students from across universities in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa to showcase the knowledge acquired through the Dell EMC Academic Alliance program and solve technology challenges of the present and the future. The second year witnessed participation by over 880 students.

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